Sunday, September 02, 2007

Midweek Trip to Kauai

It's been over a week since we went to Kauai, and we really haven't had a chance to stop and write about what we've done. We flew into Lihue on Tuesday afternoon, checked into our quiet little country inn, and then went for a wander on the beach and dinner at a Mexican restaurant; I still think I was spoiled by the fantastic Mexican food in San Diego to the point that most anything else is sub-par, however Jessica had a fantastic chicken mole.

Our primary focus of the trip was to get to the fabled tunnel hike to the North Shore, which is a mile long hike through a tunnel that was constructed in the 1920s to divert water to grow sugar. We made it through about half a mile of mud and muck before getting we made it the stream pictured to the upper left. The trail was supposed to continue after you crossed the stream and moved shortly upstream a little, but we were unsuccessful in finding the continuation of the trail and so continued hiking up the stream for well over an hour before heading back down and calling the hike. We spent the remainder of the day on the Kauai North Shore at the beach.
Day three was spent exploring the Waimea Canyon and other West Side locals. This place is astounding, and really gives an impression of how big and fantastic Hawaii is. We stopped at multiple scenic overlooks, but after our long stream hike the day before avoided any of the trails, regardless of difficulty. Our final stop before returning to Lihue was Shipwreck beach, which is a deceiving name, because there definitely isn't a shipwreck on the beach that we saw. We did get this cute shot of Jessica (all the pictures of me were squinty and bad and showed my crazy sunburn (which looked as if Jess had punched me in the eye)). We flew back to Oahu that evening; it's really nice to be back after even such a short trip. I think we could imagine living on Kauai, despite all the chickens, based on how nice and easy the lifestyle is. The one thing we missed out on during our trip was Ziplining, which we'll need to go back for.

As always, additional photos are posted to Photobucket.

-Jeff and Jess

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